Our Work - Program Areas
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln
The Forty to None Project develops and funds innovative programs that empower gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who are at-risk of becoming homeless or are experiencing homelessness. In particular, we seek partnerships with other organizations and service providers with a successful history of working with these young people to find ways to inspire and aid them to reach for the futures that they deserve and want.
Our first effort on this front is Camp True Colors, a camp program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in out of home care. In partnership with One Heartland, our camp program is designed to help build confidence, introduce a community of support and understanding, and provide an escape from the stresses of living in out of home care. One Heartland’s mission is to “improve the lives of children, youth and families facing significant health challenges or social isolation.”
In addition to partnering with One Heartland, we also coordinate with local service providers who assist with the identification of potential campers and provide support with the application process.
We currently have three camps, Camp True Colors: Northeast, Camp True Colors: Minnesota, and Camp True Colors: Texas. One Heartland and the True Colors Fund envision adding a fourth camp in 2014, most likely on the West Coast or the Rocky Mountain region. The goal will be to grow these camps from city/state camps to regional camps in future years. (i.e. Camp True Colors: Minnesota would become Camp True Colors: Midwest, etc.)